*Chi McBride has been upped to series regular on CBS‘ Hawaii Five-O.
CBS announced last summer McBride, who starred in the network’s short-lived “Golden Boy,” would guest star on the fourth season debut of “Five-0,” playing SWAT Captain Lou Grover – a character from the original series.
At the time, according to Deadline.com, it was suggested more episodes with McBride were likely. With its switch from Monday at 10 p.m. to Fridays at 9 this season, and without those younger-skewing Monday comedies as its lead in, Five-0 is up 17% in overall audience — from 10.2 million to nearly 12 million viewers — but is down 19% in the demo; its median age has increased from last season’s 55.8 years at this point last season, to 59.5 this season to date.
“Well, I know this sounds corny, but the only thing I ever wanted in my career was to be on CBS, the home of my idol Jackie Gleason,” McBride enthused in today’s announcement.